– Oswald Chambers
Made for Relationship
God created us to need relationships with our fellow man, but even more importantly, with our Creator God. We are incomplete as human beings until we turn to God and place our trust in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit. Until God is our Father, we are living under the sway of the god of this world (2nd Cor 4:4) so it is crucial for us while we live in this godless world to be in constant touch with our Father so we can more easily live in the world. What better way to keep in touch with God than by daily prayer. It is as vital as the air we breathe.
I love the phrase that we can access the throne of grace through Jesus Christ anytime we need to by falling to our knees by what we call “knee mail.” God is never “out of office” as there is no day or night for God. He desires to have a deeper relationship with us so “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). Thank you Jesus for this access!
Finding God’s Will
When we pray, we’re not trying to change God’s mind. No, prayer is not trying to bend God’s will toward ours but that our will would be His will. Finding the will of God is easy. It’s found in the Word of God, but also in praying that His will be done in our life so that we can glorify Him. Prayer doesn’t change God…it changes us to discover and then live out His will.
Entering God’s Presence by Prayer
There is nothing better than to be in fellowship with God the Father and this fellowship allows us, through Jesus Christ, to be closer to God. We can’t even have a relationship, not to mention fellowship with God, until we repent and place our trust in Christ. It is only through Jesus Christ “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him” (Eph 3:12). Do you have that confidence?
Prayer is not just an exercise of our faith; it is access to our faith through Jesus Christ. Without Him, just like without oxygen, we will die. We can enter into the holy of holies through Jesus Christ, we can pray anytime at all, we can find God’s will through prayer and His Spirit, and we can confidently enter into His presence so prayer is the lifeblood of the believer.